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Phillies sign free agent reliever David Robertson

The Phillies have signed veteran free agent right-handed reliever David Robertson to bolster their bullpen. (Photo: Keith Allison)

The Philadelphia Phillies have come to an agreement with free agent relief pitcher David Robertson per a Tweet from executive reporter Mark Feinsand.

The Phillies were reportedly one of the finalists for his services along with his former New York Yankees club. Robertson, who will turn 34-years-old in the early days of the upcoming 2019 season, could become the Phillies new closer, or could simply be used as one more experienced back-end option in manager Gabe Kapler‘s bullpen.

Feinsand quoted Robertson as follows in the aftermath of the agreement:

“Philly really checked off all the boxes for me. They are hungry to get back to the postseason and win. They have a great fan base, a beautiful ballpark and a special focus on charity. They’ve put together a great squad and I think I can bring a lot to the team in the back end of their bullpen.”

Feinsand further reports that Robertson has passed his physical with the team, and the deal is official.

Robertson was originally selected by the Yankees in the 17th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Alabama. He broke into the big-leagues in 2008 with New York, pitching in the Bronx through the 2014 season.

The righty was part of the Yankees bullpen when they took out the Phillies in six games in the 2009 World Series. He pitched in both Games One and Five of that Fall Classic, which were the two Phillies victories, allowing two hits and a walk over 2.1 innings while striking out two batters.

In 2011, Robertson became an American League all-star for the lone time in his career. He also received both AL Cy Young and Most Valuable Player votes that season. He became the Yankees closer in 2014 and registered 39 Saves, and then became a free agent.

In December of 2014, Robertson signed a four-year, $46 million dollar free agent deal with the Chicago White Sox. Over the next two seasons he saved 34 and 37 games for the Chisox.

As the non-waiver trade deadline was approaching in mid-July 2017, Robertson was shipped back to the Yankees in a deal that sent veteran reliever Tyler Clippard and three prospects to Chicago. To that point in the season he had registered another 13 Saves, but with New York he became mostly a setup man to closer Aroldis Chapman.

Over the course of an 11-year career in Major League Baseball with the Yankees and White Sox, Robertson has outstanding career 2.88 ERA, 1.145 WHIP, and 2.81 FIP marks.

He has surrendered just 492 hits over 657 innings with 854 strikeouts across 654 games, registering 137 Saves in that time. Robertson has also proven durable, taking the hill for at least 60 innings in the last nine consecutive seasons.

This is likely another move, joining the addition of free agent outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the trade for infielder Jean Segura, to help entice either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper – or both – into also signing with the Phillies.






  1. Betasigmadeltashag

    January 4, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I know this management staff doesn’t like labels. BUT I truly hope that they realize a bull pen in the regular season needs to have roles. And you can’t play match up from the the 5th inning in for 162.
    I would like to see Robertson setting up for Siranthony more iften then not

  2. Ken Bland

    January 4, 2019 at 11:31 am

    You can’t argue with genetics. Son or daughter looks like dad, or mom, it makes perfect, understandable Physical characteristics aside, it constantly amazes me how behaviorally, sequential generations copycat their predecessors. Simplifying that, as in long story short, Phillie/Philadelphia fans are closer to their predecessors in things like knucklehead knegativity than the hands in five of eleven EST.

    Breaking that pattern for a spell (til his 1st blown save?) is the reaction to the David Robertson signing. Praise is actually seeping through toward Klentak. But alas, the day is young. I’m breathlessly awaiting the first knuckleheard Negadelphian to wisecrack that Robertson took a bad rap over Yankee non playing personnel getting screwed on playoff shares, and signed with the Phils insuring he wouldn’t have playoff shares to vote on solving that one time dilemma.

    In the meantime, inbetween time, not a bad signing, although this won’t be the first time the Phils looked to have a pretty good pen that it didn’t play up to that. Still, fort now, in the on paper chase thatis the off season, it does slightly soften the crtical need of starting pitching improvement.

    Elsewhere on the scoreboard, I see where Loquatious, or however its spelled, Bill Waltron has suggested a replacement for the now gone Steve Alford as the UCLA Men’s hoops coach. Rarack Obama was his choice. Hell, by that logic, and insuring the greatness of the idea, the Phils oughta replace GK22 with former Sec of State, now unemployed James Mattis. Hasn’t been THAT long ago that you forget what a weak defensive contingent the ’18 Phils were, right?

    Fly, Iggles, Fly

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